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Poster: B. Stockwell Date: Sep 11, 2009 7:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Skies...

Dead-Head Monte makes a good point. France was the first country to recognize American independence. While England and Germany invaded the crap out of us (Hello, Hessians!) France backed us up with troops, guns, and the stuff we needed. They welcomed Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Jefferson etc. as representatives and ambassadors. They established diplomatic relations with us when the ink on the Declaration was still wet and were our first real pals in Europe. They bankrolled the American Revolution - that's why there are so many parks and towns in the US named after Lafayette. When France had THEIR revolution in 1789, Washington agonized over getting involved. They were overthrowing their king - yay! - but it was the same king who paid for OUR revolution. In 1812, the Brits - currently our best buddies - burned the White House and who showed up on our side? The French. Again! Battle of New Orleans: who helps out Andrew Jackson? Jean Lafitte. Not just a pirate, but a FRENCH pirate! Ahoy, mes amis! They gave us the Statue of Liberty, for Gosh Sakes; Lady Liberty is a French chick! When Gene Kelly made "An American in Paris" and Edith Piaf turned up on The Ed Sullivan Show, when Maurice Chevalier and Charles Boyer turned up on "I Love Lucy" we were happy about our Best Buddies, the French. The French were cool! Look at Pepe Le PEW! I don't recall any cuddly GERMAN cartoon characters at Warner Brothers. America and France; the Best-o-Friends, you know? They lent New York the Mona Lisa in 1963. Talk about trust!

What the Hell went wrong?

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Poster: bbbrew Date: Sep 11, 2009 9:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Skies...

Very well said Stockwell, historicaly speaking.

Pepe Le PEW? ROFL! Well done.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 11, 2009 8:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Skies...

Yep, this is why I cut them a great deal of slack...I am not going to pay much attn to what a bunch of whackos have been saying there the past few decades...we go back a lot further than that...and frankly, if skies is representative, it's a good thing I've been ignoring them.

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Poster: veblen Date: Sep 11, 2009 9:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Napoleon's rabbit hunt...since a laugh is needed...

speaking of the french I have been reading a book on Napoleon's campaigns and came across one of the funniest stories I have ever heard involving a rabbit hunt:

http://www.strategypage.com/cic/docs/cic104b.asp

"Resting from his labors after rearranging the geography of Europe in the aftermath of the Peace of Tilsit (July 7-9, 1807), Napoleon proposed that the Imperial Court engage in a rabbit hunt, entrusting the arrangements to his brilliant chief-of-staff, Alexandre Berthier.

Using all the energy and attention to detail with which he normally managed the Emperor’s campaigns, Berthier soon had everything in order. The Imperial hunting party – numerous enough to be mistaken for a regiment – would be sustained by a logistical train to provide a lucullan repast under an elaborate tent, while large details of gun bearers, game keepers, and beaters would be available to lend a hand. Leaving nothing to chance, Berthier even arranged to insure the supply of rabbits, procuring some hundreds, lest nature fail to cooperate in providing sufficient targets for the Imperial pleasure.

And so, on the designated day, the Emperor proceeded in his coach to the appointed place, escorted by Guardsmen, Equerries, and various others of his household, and followed by a host of kings, marshals, barons, generals, counts, and lesser folk. But something went wrong. As the Imperial conveyance approached the designated killing fields, the game keepers began releasing the rabbits. When the Emperor dismounted, much to everyone’s surprise, the lepine horde, rather than fleeing in all directions, made straight for him, in all their hundreds.

Confronted by this flood of rabbits, the Emperor’s escort formed a skirmish line to protect him. But, in the words of historian David Chandler, “with a finer understanding of Napoleonic strategy than most of his generals, the rabbit horde divided into two wings and poured around the flanks of the party.” As the Emperor fled to the relative safety of his coach, the rabbits pursued, some allegedly even leaping into it, so that he had to lend a hand in ejecting them even as his coachmen whipped up their horses.

In the aftermath, it transpired that Berthier, despite all his attention to detail, had procured not wild rabbits, but domesticated ones. Thus, when they espied the Emperor and his coach coming towards them, they though he was their keeper bringing good things to eat and acted accordingly."

supposedly the last rabbit was thrown from the coach miles from the scene...

so I guess Jimmy Carter has something in common with Napoleon...a love of ferocious bunnies...

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 12, 2009 7:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Napoleon's rabbit hunt...since a laugh is needed...

Ha--that is a good one! Frankly, I was very impressed by the size of European Hares while touring the countryside. Much larger than our western bun-buns. The males, standing on their hindlimbs, could pass for a stocky, short legged dog of sorts; very large chested. And quite a bit more pugnacious than one would expect.

I could imagine retreat was the better part of valor myself.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Sep 11, 2009 9:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Napoleon's rabbit hunt...since a laugh is needed...

never heard that one before - great one :) entertaining and funny. though maybe not to the French since most of their men are about the size of bunny rabbits - must be kinda scary for them seeing hairy things their own size (man, there is a joke in THERE somewhere)

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Poster: snori Date: Sep 12, 2009 9:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Napoleon's rabbit hunt...since a laugh is needed...

It goes all the way to the top ....http://www.newser.com/story/68787/sarkozy-buses-in-short-people-to-look-taller.html

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Sep 12, 2009 9:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Napoleon's rabbit hunt...since a laugh is needed...

oh man!! that that is too friggin funny!! nice find!! (how pathetic is that?)

skies was probably one of the people bussed in. We should hold a Where's Waldo (Slies) contest, with the winner receiving a pair of lifts.

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Poster: hippie64 Date: Sep 11, 2009 8:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Skies...

There buddy Saddam Hussien thats were it went to hell my belief anyway

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Poster: bbbrew Date: Sep 11, 2009 9:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Skies...

Remember, Hippie64, he was "our buddy" too. "The enemy of our enemy is our friend". If I read your post correctly.

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Poster: hippie64 Date: Sep 11, 2009 9:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Skies...

Agreed but I think that when the time to disarm the bastard came in 91 was when the old allies from WW2 started to crumble.
I dont know like a kind individual from this archive pointed out history is not my strong suit. Music, Mysticism and Make-shift living are my better suited ideals.
From now on if you (or any member of said forum) see me post on anything history or political related just tell this hippie to STFU you dont know what your talking about.

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Poster: bbbrew Date: Sep 11, 2009 10:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Skies...

'91 was only the opener. Didnt need any WW2 allies at that time. Never mind though.

Music, mystisism, and make-shift living are much better ideals to talk about. I like your style hippie64, and enjoy reading your thoughts. I would never tell you to STFU. Not my way. Or appropriate. Rock on! BB

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Sep 12, 2009 12:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Skies...

what's appropriate? SOMETIMES you can only get to the down and dirty Delta by way of the Seine....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAYVaHEMK0I

Skies, take the first 1/6 of level 42....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiSJvi3EJTQ

This post was modified by bluedevil on 2009-09-12 07:02:42

Stand as far away from me as you can....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOUMvjw9RlA&;feature=related

I NEED a cream-puff-war post to bring me back.... where is he's lives and the intergalatic connection? light into ashes.....

This post was modified by bluedevil on 2009-09-12 07:30:17

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Poster: bbbrew Date: Sep 12, 2009 5:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Skies...

True BD, you are correct. Yes, sometimes. Thanks a bunch for the Nina link. Never thought to look her up on utube. Been listenin to her all day.

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Sep 11, 2009 9:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Skies...

Django&Grappelli.jpg

here, here, Mr Stockwell! The most influential swing music ever played was centered on the legendary duo, German guitarist Django Reinhardt, and French violinist Stéphane Grappelli. The story behind Django's burn damage to his left hand is bizarre. After he recovered, he learned how to play guitar again, yet differently - in an extraordinary and much better way. It was their playing in the hottest swing clubs in Paris that earned them their highest esteem from other musicians. These 2 guys would play in the clubs all night long. Just before dawn is when they'd go into the studio to cut their albums. They laid their album tracks down in one take each. I believe these 2 gentlemen have no other equals in this regard.

django.jpg

Sweet Georgia Brown and I Got Rhythm
Stéphane Grappelli plays piano
*** with Larry Adler on harmonica ***

The Boys
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Poster: high flow Date: Sep 11, 2009 9:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Skies...

Grisman also played w/ Grappelli in August of 1977. Recordings exist. It was some PBS or Public Radio affair, complete w/ short interviews w/ the performers.

I recall a very scratchy recording. Hmmmm. Where did I put that thing?

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 12, 2009 7:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Skies...

And don't forget Christmas, 1914 when the Germans and French met in no man's land following a bit of singing (Silent Night I think?) on the part of the Germans that brought them all together...

Officers had to subsequently "break up" the participating units and send them to other fronts to avoid the obvious difficulties associated with viewing the fellow on the other side as something other than that portrayed in propaganda...

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Sep 12, 2009 7:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Skies...

"...had to subsequently "break up" the participating units and send them to other fronts to avoid the obvious difficulties associated with viewing the fellow on the other side as something other than that portrayed in propaganda..."



sounds like a microcosm of the LMA sometimes ;)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 12, 2009 8:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Skies...

Ha! I vote for being relocated to USO tent with the pretty dancing girls...with the likes of you around, clearly they need protection.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Sep 12, 2009 8:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Skies...

watch out for those dancing girls - rumor is SDH has been doing the samba in drag lately

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Poster: high flow Date: Sep 12, 2009 8:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Skies...

except we sing Ripple.:)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 12, 2009 8:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Skies...

and the propaganda about Dire is actually all true...

[hmmm, two Dire digs in a row...on a roll]